Public Safety & Justice

Congress Refuses, So California Will Study Gun Violence

In the wake of another mass shooting and amid congressional inaction on gun control, the state has announced plans to open the nation's first public research center dedicated to firearm violence.

Bob McDonnell and the Illusion of Ethics Reform

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned former Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption conviction on Monday. Before that, the case led Virginia lawmakers to set stricter ethics rules -- or so it seemed.

Would Other States' Gun Laws Have Prevented the Orlando Shooting?

Florida's gun control laws are relatively lax, but most states also lack the laws that may have stopped Omar Mateen from getting his hands on deadly weapons.

The Death Penalty’s New Skeptics

In states across the country, conservatives are starting to question the cost and legality of capital punishment.

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